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Modern bathroom design is centered around a simple, clean, minimalistic look and feel. Think geometric shapes and patterns, clean lines, minimal colors and mid-century furniture. Your bathroom, large or small, can easily become a luxurious, modern sanctuary for function and relaxation.
Since bathrooms are spaces that we use everyday, designing them to suit our personal style is important. From bright and cheery to sophisticated and elegant, these modern bathroom design ideas transform utilitarian spaces into relaxing and refreshing escapes.
Mid-Century Modern Style
Mid-century modern design is defined as the architectural, furniture, graphic and interior style of the mid-19th century (1933-1965). The mid-century modern look is made up of geometric shapes, natural colors and straight lines. Bathroom fixtures and furniture is great place to start when designing your modern bathroom.
Create a focal point by placing a modern chair in the corner or even a small sofa. Look for patterns and colors that fit mid-century style. You can also find this style used in modern bathroom faucets, showerheads, mirrors and other bathroom hardware.
“Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose.” —Charles Eames
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Simplicity is a rule of thumb for modern design, so make sure that you are keeping your bathroom open and free of clutter. Use built-in shelving and cabinetry to hide unwanted personal items. Tuck away toiletries and novelty items and focus on a clean space for relaxation. Avoid the temptation to add accessories and clutter. Choose tile and backsplash with geometric shapes to add interest and character without sacrificing minimalistic design.
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Simplistic Bathroom Decor Ideas
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- Arrange framed geometric shaped mirrors on the bathroom wall
- Place small white flower pots on shelves to add an organic feel
- Hang framed modern prints
- Add a floor-to-ceiling mirror
- Showcase concrete and wood elements
- Skip the “pop of color” and go for white and grey towels
Freestanding tubs are a staple for modern bathroom designs. Balance is key, so keep things symmetrical and sharp by strategically placing your tub in a spot that enhances the feng shui of your bathroom. Traditionally bathtubs are the familiar oval shape, however a rectangular or pedestal tub makes your bathroom look and feel more modern.
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Greenery in the Shower
Adding a touch of greenery in your bathroom creates a connection between the indoors and outdoors. Organic design coincides with modern design, meaning that the natural outdoor space should easily mesh with the indoor space you are designing. Bring the outdoors inside by adding a houseplant or two — they look great in the shower, next to the sink, or on a windowsill.
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Choosing lighting is a crucial part of modern design style especially in the bathroom. Modern design is all about lines and geometric shapes, so keep that in mind when shopping for light fixtures or windows, and considering the placement of lighting.Don’t forget that the quality of the light is just as important as the actual light fixture. Skylights are a fresh and functional design trick for modern bathrooms, because they add more natural light and visual interest to your bathroom.
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“The quality of the light around us has a profound effect on our well-being that should not be underestimated.” — Thomas Fuchs
Modern bathrooms, from small to large and in homes or apartments, can easily be achieved by adding the mid-century elements and ideas we’ve shared. Try including some element of them all to create a complete modern feel in your bathroom.
- Mid-Century Furniture
- Simple & Minimalist Design
- Freestanding Bathtub